Why? Because the ones in my price range just aren't pretty.
They look like TV stands.
If I wanted to drop a grand on one I could find a pretty "media console" from Pottery Barn or Ballard's that did not look like a TV stand.
|Image from Pottery Barn|
But hey, this is Chic on a Shoestring Decorating, not Big Money Decorating. And,even if I had an extra grand burning a hole in my pocket, I wouldn't spend it on a TV stand... that's just how I roll.
Our last house had built-in shelves in our family room so I avoided the ugly TV stand problem, that made it so easy! When we moved into our current home we had no built-ins so I had to face the TV stand dilemma.
I did not want to put the TV over our fireplace... that's not the look I'm going for. And, I just love to decorate the mantel too much to do that.
So, I had to face the dilemma on a very limited budget. I had no idea what I was going to do...
We closed on our new house but hadn't moved in yet, we were there tearing out carpet, painting, etc.
The door bell rang, I answered it.
It was a a young man whom I didn't recognize and he said, and I quote,
"Hi, is your mom home?"
I said "I love you."
He gave me a puzzled look.
I said, "Umm, I am the mom"
He then looked kind of embarassed and began to explain that he had 2 semi's full of high quality furniture from a famous maker in North Carolina and would I like to see what they have.
How could I turn this guy down now?
So, I went through the semis, stacked to the ceiling with sofas and recliners. The prices were really good but I didn't need a sofa or recliner.
I then went to semi number two and there it was... my pretty little black TV stand. Although it wasn't a TV stand at all.
I thought for sure it would be too expensive but I had to ask the price because I couldn't walk away from it.
The sales guy said $375. Hmmmm.... it would obviously be way more than that on a show room floor.
So I started talking, there were a few little scratches on it and I was able to haggle the guy down to $250!!
This was such a steal!! I love the details... look at this:
And these cute feet!
Here is a blurry shot of the whole thing...
This is one of my favorite pieces of furniture!
The moral of this story is, don't settle for a yucky TV stand that looks like a TV stand, there are plenty of great deals at places like HomeGoods, Tuesday Mornings, Hobby Lobby and semi trucks driving through your neighborhood selling furniture. A nice chest of drawers like mine or a console table can do the job of a TV stand much more eloquently.
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